High School College Prep Research Paper
This new nine-week course is designed to equip students to write a college-level research paper, from the initial stages of developing a topic or thesis, through the research and note-taking process, to a revised and polished final draft. Students in this class will be held to higher standards and more rigorous feedback than in our traditional Research Paper Workshop.
Note: The nature of Research Paper Workshops makes them valuable to retake as often as you like. By selecting a different paper topic each time, students will benefit from multiple experiences with these courses. We recommend college-bound students complete no less than three formal research papers in their high school years.
Students who complete the course will be able to…
Define the various types of research paper.
Create a clear and concise topic sentence or thesis statement.
Identify and collect appropriate, varied, and useful research material.
Use a note card system for taking notes.
Organize and outline the paper prior to composing a first draft.
Properly cite sources in the paper according to MLA standards.
Create a properly-formatted works cited page.
Draft and revise an informative and/or persuasive research paper written at an acceptable college level.
Respond to feedback on their writing through revising and proofreading.